Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 21-09-2013, 16:41   #1
Registered User
 
advocate777's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Northern Chesapeake
Boat: Moody 34
Posts: 92
which boat would you take if both were free to you?

Okay, I know I am gonna get alot of input and opinions....but that is what I want. So, here goes:
Question: If you wanted to keep a boat in the Chesapeake, but also wanted to keep it in the winter in S. Florida....and then to the Bahamas and the Caribbean (Virgin Islands) and maybe eventually down to Cuba and the Yucatan. But mostly in the Chesapeake and the Florida Keys....and,
you would be single-handing alot but would also have a spouse to sometimes crew; and you had to factor in insurance costs, marina costs and general maintenance; and you knew that because of your situation/age that this would be your only boat to get - and your goal was to pay it off so you could retire and only pay maintenance costs...and you were gonna live on this boat alone and/or with your spouse for maybe 3 months straight at a time.......and someone was willing to give you two boats of similar value (okay, just go with my hypothetical and don't get all nitpicky/intellectual on me like 'why do you have to only choose between those two boats...') and this was your opportunity and ONLY options....just saying...would you choose: (and 'neither' is not an option as a response...)
would you choose...if you had to pick:
1.) a 35 foot well-equipped Island Packet mono-hull, or a
2.) well equipped 34 foot Gemini Catamaran

which one would you pick and WHY?

Thanks for your specific 'answer the question and not give your opinion on other options' response-

Thanks-
Advocate777
__________________

__________________
advocate777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2013, 17:21   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
colemj's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Presently on US East Coast
Boat: Manta 40 "Reach"
Posts: 10,049
Images: 12
Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

Is there a reason you have posted this in three different forums?

If they are free - take both, figure out which you like better and sell the other.

Mark
__________________

__________________
www.svreach.com

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
colemj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2013, 17:49   #3
Registered User
 
Fiveslide's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Boat: JBW club 420, MFG Bandit, Snark
Posts: 602
I would take the Island Packet. The bigger cats haven't swayed me to the multihull side, I doubt a Gemini would.

You talk of costs of ownership. I bet you would find they are very similar. Both single engine and that cat should fit in slips meant for a mono.
__________________
Fiveslide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2013, 18:46   #4
Freelance Delivery Skipper..
 
boatman61's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: UK/Portugal
Posts: 20,204
Images: 2
Send a message via Skype™ to boatman61
pirate Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

The Island Packet... would not have much faith in the Gemini and the slamming would do my head in..
__________________


Born To Be Wild
boatman61 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2013, 19:29   #5
Senior Cruiser
 
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,192
Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

The IP because I like a monohull's motion at sea and feel safer in them especially when beating to weather.

I'm certain both boats would do for your intended purpose but my personal preference is for the IP.
__________________
John
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2013, 20:03   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Athens, Georgia, USA
Boat: Formerly MacGregor Venture 22, now a landlubber
Posts: 100
Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

The IP - simple, I'm just not a fan of catamaran sailboats. Actual cats, yes, boats, no. Why? Similar to SkiprJohn above.
__________________
Dr. Strangelove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2013, 20:22   #7
Registered User
 
snort's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Trunk (boot) of my car
Boat: Tinker Traveller...a dozen feet of bluewater awesomeness!
Posts: 1,033
Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

Just to be contrary and play devil's advocate: the Gemini.
With the light winds in the Chesapeake in the summer, you're going nowhere in the IP....and probably not very far in the Gemini either, but at least you'll be moving under sail. Well, maybe.
__________________
snort is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2013, 20:24   #8
Registered User
 
Dulcesuenos's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Florida Keys, Bahamas Bound
Boat: 38' French Cat
Posts: 2,828
Images: 4
You will go twice as fast, have twice the accommodations, be twice as stable at anchor and offshore on anything other than beating to windward. Kind of a no brainer.....
__________________
Dulcesuenos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-09-2013, 09:49   #9
Registered User
 
CapnBrown's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Clearwater, FL
Boat: Ed Hostman Tristar 38 Trimaran
Posts: 50
I would go IP. Gemini is going to slam waves under the bridge in rising chop. The only thing to keep the bridge from slamming a lot is to keep the boat ridiculously light and when cruising that's nearly impossible. There are other catamaran choices that have higher bridges to avoid this but I see it's not an option for you. Island Packets are known for quality so it's a no brainier IMHO.
__________________
CapnBrown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-09-2013, 12:46   #10
Registered User
 
Dulcesuenos's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Florida Keys, Bahamas Bound
Boat: 38' French Cat
Posts: 2,828
Images: 4
Op is going to live aboard. The gem will have 3 private staterooms with berths vs ip of 1. You will have 50% more space than the ip. You will have spend 15% of your time going somewhere. And 85% of your time being in a Marina or anchored. The cockpit on the gem is 75% larger as is the foredeck. Where would you rather be? The gem will sail faster and more stable especially down wind in nasty stuff. So what if the bridgedeck pounds going to windward. The hobby horsing on the ip will give you whiplash. And has much more draft Really its your preference. Most cat converts will tell you they converted for all the reasons i posted.
__________________
Dulcesuenos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-09-2013, 14:06   #11
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,314
Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

Quote:
Originally Posted by advocate777 View Post

spouse for maybe 3 months straight = well equipped (...) Catamaran

WHY?
Opinion.

b.
__________________

__________________
barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:56.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.